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Criminal Justice from the Kids’ Perspective: Supporting Child Victims and Witnesses
December 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lecturer: Kathryn Ford, LCSW, MPH Candidate; Director of Clinical Supervision & Child Witness Initiatives, Center for Court Innovation, New York
Lecture Description: In this lecture, Ms. Ford will discuss the prevalence of exposure to violence and victimization among children in the U.S.; how children experience and interact with the criminal legal system as a result of such traumatic experiences; and strategies for supporting children as they navigate the system.
As Director of Child Witness Initiatives, Kathryn Ford, LCSW provides training and technical assistance to state and tribal justice system practitioners nationally through both the Tribal Justice Exchange and the Gender and Family Justice teams. In addition, as the Center’s Director of Clinical Supervision, Kathryn coordinates agency-wide clinical practice initiatives and ensures that the Center’s direct practice staff have access to clinical supervision and training. Ms. Ford provided trauma-focused therapy and court support services to children, teens, and their caregivers through the Center’s Bronx Child Trauma Support Program for nine years. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Ford was a social worker in Safe Horizon’s Supervised Visitation Program at Bronx Family Court and an intern in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office’s Counseling Services Unit. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Tufts University and a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, and is certified in Rape Crisis Counseling. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University as a Fellow with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.